240 Tasting Notes
Oh my god berry. Lots of berry. Overwhelming berry. Berry up front and proud. If you are looking for a berry centered, berry flavor dominated tea, this is it. The berry flavor itself is good, I have to admit. It’s crisp and wet and refreshing, just as it should be. I have a hard time calling this a “tea”, or even a “blended tea”, since there isn’t any actual tea in it, but hey, it still hits the spot. Does the job. Berry well.
I’m always afraid of boxed, bags of Rooibos. It’s such a delicate flavor that ca easily be overwhelming and out of balance. This blend of Rooibos with traditional chai spices is actually pretty good. The flavors work well together, nothing dominates, everything is allowed it’s place in the palate.
Flavors: Rooibos, Spices
It’s cold, rainy, dreary and miserable here in Eugene, Oregon. And I am doing my best to fight off a possibly incoming cold. So, it’s time to cruise through the tea box in the cabinet.
I do’t remember buying this one, but here it is. I’m normally not into flavored teas or blends, but it’s nice to change it up now and again.
This is maybe one of the better Jasmine Green Teas I have had from a grocery store boxed tea bag. The Jasmine is front and center, but not overwhelming, you can still sense the base green tea, with it’s hints of wet grass and straw.
Pretty good, it’s definitely hitting the spot right now.
Flavors: Grass, Jasmine, Straw
For a grocery store boxed tea bag, this Mint Tea is actually pretty solid. The mint is a little overwhelming, and there is not even a hint of the green tea base, but I shouldn’t compare it to home-made mint tea, or even high quality loose leaf. For a store bought tea bag, this is not bad. Great for those wet, cold winter days, especially when a little under the weather.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint
I make sure I pick up Red Blossom Tea Company’s Pre-rain Dragonwell each Spring, and this one is no disappointment. The hints of butter and nuts are strong, with extra hints of wet straw and grass. This is one of my favorite green teas I’ve had in a while.
Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Straw, Wet Earth
Still one of my absolute all time favorite teas. Red Blossom Tea Company’s Gunpowder Green Tea is one of the few teas I make sure I always have in stock.
Wonderfully potent with a bit of bitterness and a slight smokey taste balances well on top of the green tea grass and wet earth flavors.
This is a green tea with some muscle. Amazing.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Grass, Smoke, Wet Earth
Another new one from Red Blossom. New for me, anyway.
If you are looking for a bright, simple, subtle Oolong, this one is for you. Subtle hints of grass and Earth, just a touch nutty. This is a great for those not so cold and dreary Winter or early Spring days. More towards green tea than black, it tastes and finishes as crisp and clear as it looks.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty
FRUIT FRUIT FRUIT!!! It’s so fruity, it almost tastes more like a hot cup of fruit juice rather than a tea of some sort. It’s good, just a little overwhelming.
Realistically, I probably need to adjust my brew style. I’m trying to brew this like I brew regular tea, whereas I think I should use less leaves and shorten the steep time.
Experimentation. I’ll get it some day, probably right before I run out. Or after.
Flavors: Floral, Fruit Punch, Fruity